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  1. State of the Nats: All-Star break

    Jul 13, 2015, 11:30 AM EST

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Home Run Derby, All-Star Game this week – The 2015 MLB All-Star break begins on Monday night with the Home Run Derby and the actual game will be played on Tuesday night. The Nats do not have a representative in the derby this year, but they will have Bryce Harper in the starting lineup for…

  2. Scherzer happy to bounce back in final first-half start

    Jul 12, 2015, 6:13 PM EST

    USA Today

    Max Scherzer and the Nationals entered the weekend with a decision to make between him starting Sunday’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles, or skipping his turn in interest of his availability for Tuesday’s All-Star Game. It wasn’t a tough one in the end, they say, as Scherzer opted to face the Orioles instead of…

  3. Nats 3, Orioles 2: Scherzer dominant in near-CG to end first half

    Jul 12, 2015, 3:58 PM EST

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Max Scherzer entered Sunday’s series (and first-half) finale with an unfortunate past at Camden Yards, most recently featuring his debacle of a start in Game 1 of the 2014 American League Division Series. That history, however, did not carry over whatsoever in what was an overall dominant performance in the Nationals’ final game before…

  4. Game 87: Nats at Orioles

    Jul 12, 2015, 12:26 PM EST

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    BALTIMORE — For some of us it may be hard to believe, but here we are on the final day of the first half of the 2015 season. Yes, technically this is Game 87 and the half-mark passed about a week ago, but baseball splits its season in two based on the All-Star break and…

  5. Bullpen cracks in Nats’ loss to Orioles

    Jul 10, 2015, 11:36 PM EST

    USA Today

    BALTIMORE — Holding a one-run lead on Baltimore in the eighth inning on Friday night, the ideal situation for Matt Williams’ bullpen was presented. Casey Janssen came out to set up a save opportunity for Drew Storen with the Nats holding a 39-2 record this season when leading after seven innings. The Orioles, on the…

  6. Rotation clearer for weekend; plus injury updates

    Jul 10, 2015, 6:22 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    BALTIMORE — Jordan Zimmermann will start for the Nationals on Saturday as they continue their weekend series at the Baltimore Orioles. The right-hander will be activated off the paternity list after the birth of his daughter, Ava, early Friday morning. Sunday’s starter has yet to be determined, but all signs point to Max Scherzer getting…

  7. Game 85: Nats at Orioles

    Jul 10, 2015, 4:30 PM EST

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    BALTIMORE — After two days off, the Nationals pick back up on Friday night for their final series of the first half of the season. They take on the Baltimore Orioles in three games before breaking for the 2015 All-Star Game. Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 4.16) gets the start in the first game between these teams…

  8. Gio to start series-opener against Orioles

    Jul 9, 2015, 2:41 PM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    Gio Gonzalez will get the start for the Nats in their series-opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. Gonzalez was scheduled to start on Wednesday before the Nats’ game against the Cincinnati Reds was postponed due to rain. The rotation for the rest of the weekend has yet…

  9. Baseball in the District – Nats prospect Trea Turner

    Jul 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    AP

    We had another two-guest episode this week on ‘Baseball in the District.’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in Nationals prospect Trea Turner, as well as Orioles Insider Rich Dubroff to preview Nats-O’s. It was great getting to know Turner, who was recently promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse. He has an…

  10. Game postponed, potential makeup dates not ideal

    Jul 8, 2015, 7:21 PM EST

    USA Today

    Updated at 8:11 p.m. Wednesday night’s series finale between the Nationals and Reds was postponed due to rain and wet grounds, a decision that for the moment helps the injury-plagued Nats but leads to a complicated attempt to make the game up at some point later this season. No makeup date was announced, in part…

  11. Scherzer has rare bad outing

    Jul 8, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    Max Scherzer came to Washington with a Cy Young award and World Series experience, yet somehow he surpassed expectations through the first half of the 2015 season. So, on Tuesday night when he lasted just 4 2/3 innings and gave up five earned runs in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds, his struggles were not only uncharacteristic, they were very…

  12. Span gets MRI, Escobar sits, Zim still not ready to play

    Jul 7, 2015, 5:38 PM EST

    USA Today

    After leaving the Nats’ loss to the Reds on Monday night with injuries, both Denard Span and Yunel Escobar remained out the starting lineup on Tuesday. Span continues to deal with nagging back spasms, while Escobar is nursing a tight left hamstring. Span had an MRI on Tuesday morning and will find out the results…

  13. VIDEOS: Rendon’s injury and the trade deadline

    Jun 30, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    USA Today

    Here are a few more clips from this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show.’ The first is about Anthony Rendon’s latest stint on the disabled list, as Mark puts it into the context of his long history of injuries. The second is about the Nationals’ bullpen, which looks a lot better now with David Carpenter in…

  14. State of the Nats: Who makes the All-Star team?

    Jun 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Who makes the All-Star team? – The 2015 MLB All-Star Game rosters will be announced this upcoming Sunday and Monday in a two-day special aired on ESPN. The starters will be revealed Sunday night, while the reserves will be announced on Monday. The Nationals should have at least two All-Stars, barring something unforeseen. Those would…

  15. Baseball in the District – Tom Schad joins for Nats roundtable

    Jun 29, 2015, 4:32 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in Tom Schad of The Washington Times for a roundtable discussion on the Nationals’ off-day. Schad sat down for the entire episode as we talked about the Nationals’ recent winning streak, how their pitching…

  16. Fister continues amazing stretch for Nats rotation

    Jun 25, 2015, 8:49 PM EST

    Jun 25, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) throws to the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    After the Nationals signed Max Scherzer in January, many predicted they would have one of the best starting rotations in recent baseball history. Then the season started and for months everyone not named Max dealt with either injuries or inconsistent results. That was until this past week. With Doug Fister’s seven shutout frames on Thursday against the…

  17. Nats 7, Braves 0: Fister cruises to secure sweep

    Jun 25, 2015, 6:41 PM EST

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With their lineup rounding into form and their rotation in the middle of the best stretch for a starting staff in franchise history, the Nationals continued to roll on Thursday with a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. The victory was their ninth in their last 12 games and it secured their…

  18. Harper, Rendon get the day off

    Jun 25, 2015, 3:00 PM EST

    Jun 11, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) watch a hit by Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura (not pictured) drop between them in the fourth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals gave stars Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon the day off on Thursday as they prepared to take on the Atlanta Braves in their series finale. Both players are dealing with minor injuries with the team about to embark on a six-game road trip. Harper felt a cramp in his right leg during the…

  19. Slumping and with a heavy heart, Desmond comes up big

    Jun 25, 2015, 12:00 AM EST

    MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals

    Ian Desmond knows one swing will not solve all of his problems and break him out of his worst offensive funk in years. After all, it wasn’t even a hit. But given the circumstances surrounding the night, his slump and the team, Desmond’s walkoff sac fly to beat the Braves on Wednesday sure seems like…

  20. Williams on Knorr, who should be All-Stars, plus a Zim update

    Jun 24, 2015, 5:31 PM EST

    MLB: Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds

    Nationals manager Matt Williams touched on a wide range of topics during his pregame press conference on Wednesday, including the passing of bench coach Randy Knorr’s wife, who should be selected to the All-Star team and the latest update on Ryan Zimmerman. First, the Knorr stuff. Knorr’s wife, Kimberly, passed away on Tuesday at the age…

  21. Span and Rendon set the tone again

    Jun 24, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    May 5, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) celebrates with center fielder Denard Span (2)
after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers  at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    For much of the 2014 season, while injuries took their toll on the rest of the Nationals lineup, it was the combination of Denard Span and Anthony Rendon that led the way. Both players earned NL MVP votes as arguably the best one-two punch at the top of the order in baseball. Span led the…

  22. Game 71: Braves at Nats

    Jun 23, 2015, 3:57 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals enter Tuesday coming off arguably their best series of the 2015 season, a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter and two homers by Bryce Harper. Now they welcome the Atlanta Braves, who have surprised many by beginning the season 35-35 despite trading away most of their best players…

  23. Desmond in depth on his struggles

    Jun 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Stuck in a month-long slump, shortstop Ian Desmond was given Friday night off by the Nationals’ coaching staff with the intention of giving him some rest, both physically and mentally. He was also out of the lineup initially on Saturday before Yunel Escobar was a late scratch due to a stomach bug. Desmond is not used…

  24. The Baseball Show: Scherzer, Harper and Father’s Day

    Jun 22, 2015, 6:11 PM EST

    USA Today

    The latest episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ was jam-packed after an eventful weekend for the Nationals. Mark talked lots about Max Scherzer, of course, but also Bryce Harper’s return and whether Major League Baseball should change their system of fan voting for the All-Star Game. At the bottom, you can also find my segment on…

  25. State of the Nats: Heating up

    Jun 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Strasburg likely to return this week – The Nationals won’t say it, but all signs point to Stephen Strasburg making his return from the disabled list this week against the Atlanta Braves, likely on Tuesday. Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper both mentioned Strasburg’s return after Sunday’s game, but the Nats said they do not plan to confirm…

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ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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